Making your own homemade grapefruit cleaning products costs pennies on the dollar and will leave your home just as clean as chemical based cleaners. Homemade grapefruit cleaning products are also much safer to use around pets and small children than chemical based cleaners. Think about it. Your kids and your pets are close to the floor and are the ones most affected by the fumes and residue from chemical based cleaners. Your pets will lick that residue off their paws everyday, and your kids will inhale it, get it on their hands and feet and their clothes. Making the switch to homemade cleaning products is easy and you can do it with just a few natural ingredients.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Fresh grapefruit- Grapefruit juice smells wonderful and it has natural antibacterial properties. Adding grapefruit juice to your homemade cleaners will boost their cleaning power and give them a beautiful fresh scent. Make sure that you order a large box of fresh grapefruit so you have plenty on hand. If you want to mix up your own scents order a box of assorted types of grapefruit and a box of fresh oranges so that you can experiment with the proportions of juice and create your own signature citrus scent for your homemade cleaning products.
- Vinegar – Distilled white vinegar costs a dollar or less in many areas and it’s one of the best natural cleaning agents you can buy. You can use it on floors, counters, windows, rugs, furniture and every other surface in your home. This natural cleaner will break up any organic stains, including pet urine, and is totally safe to use around your kids and pets. The smell of vinegar can be strong so mixing white vinegar with fresh grapefruit juice or fresh orange juice, hot water, and a drop of natural detergent will give you a great all purpose cleaner that smells sweet and refreshing.
- Baking soda – Baking soda is also cheap, and makes a wonderful scrub. Mix baking soda with hot water to make a scrub that has a paste like consistency. Baking soda is a wonderful scrub for the bathtub and toilet, and works just as well on kitchen counters and sinks. Baking soda will get rid of odors in your laundry too. If you find that baking soda doesn’t have enough scrubbing power for tough stains or stuck on messes you can mix regular table salt into the paste for increased scrub power.